This webinar has been organised in collaboration with Circulate Capital.

Like many sectors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the plastic recycling value chain has been severely disrupted amid lockdowns and movement restrictions.

Circulate Capital commissioned a study carried out by GA Circular to understand challenges faced by the plastics recycling industry in South and Southeast Asia during this time and the interventions needed to sustain it. Based on more than 100 interviews (recyclers, processors, aggregators, junk shops and informal sector workers), this study highlights six key COVID-19 impacts on the recycling value chain in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. The study also lays out a three-phase plan to prevent lasting damage to the sector, protect the environment and local communities’ livelihoods.

Swati Singh Sambyal, Waste Management Specialist with UNHABITAT India, moderates this discussion where GA Circular and Circulate Capital share insights from the study and highlight opportunities to support and strengthen the industry for the long term. The panel also includes three participants of the study who share their challenges and experiences during COVID-19.

The publication is available here.

  • Swati Singh Sambyal

    Expert, Capacity Development, Waste and Marine Litter Programme, GRID-Arendal

    Swati Singh Sambyal is a researcher specializing in resource management and the circular economy. Wi...
  • Crispian Lao

    Vice Chairman, National Solid Waste Management Commission, Philippines

    Commissioner Crispian Lao is the Vice Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Commission und...
  • Dini Trisyanti

    Director, Sustainable Waste Indonesia

    Dini Trisyanti has been working over 15 years in technical assistance, research, and program develop...
  • Karina Cady

    Monitoring and Reporting Process Manager, Circulate Capital

    Karina leads impact and manages the monitoring and reporting process at Circulate Capital. This incl...
  • Tam Nguyen

    GA Circular

    Tam is responsible for overseeing operational excellence and client servicing at GA Circular. In the...
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